For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, Executive Director
Kaylen Fletcher, Public Relations Manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Southwest Louisiana's Second Annual 
Top 20 Restaurants Contest Results

LAKE CHARLES, La. (May 21, 2014)-The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) held the second annual Top 20 Restaurants online voting contest in honor of National Tourism Week where individuals could nominate and vote for their favorite places to eat in Calcasieu Parish. Culinary delights are a major draw for tourism, and people are passionate about food.

There were 232 restaurant nominations made by the public with 4,521 votes cast, beginning one month prior to National Tourism Week, May 3-11. The restaurant that received the most votes is Steamboat Bill's on the Lake. Second place is Luna Bar & Grill followed by Pat's of Henderson for third place.

Other restaurants that made it to the Top 20, in alphabetical order are 121 Artisan Bistro, Casa Mañana, Coyote Blues, Darrell's, El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, Ember Grille & Wine Bar at L'Auberge Casino Resort, Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, Hollier's Cajun Kitchen, Logan's Roadhouse, O'Charley's, Outback Steakhouse, Pitt Grill Sulphur, Pujo Street Café, Seafood Palace, Sha Sha's of Creole, Texas Roadhouse and Tony's Pizza.

"The CVB is excited with the amount of participation from the public for this campaign in honor of National Tourism Week and our culinary arts. We have so many fantastic restaurants in the area, and we anticipate that there will be even more people voting for their favorite restaurants for years to come," said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the CVB.

The contest was promoted through social media, on the CVB's website, as well as through National Tourism Week marketing on television, in newspapers and publications as well as though broadcast and outdoor media.

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